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John Trakselis

Chair at Vistage International
Co-Chairman, Middle Market Committee  
                         Private Directors Association


Pandemic Pivot

In the 3rd Quarter of 2021 John Trakselis and Chuck Andrews merged two CEO Advisory Boards into One.

The foundation of the merger is one of mutual respect, synergistic contributions and a core value of facilitating an excellent experience for Vistage members.

John's Bio

John is an experienced CEO coach and counselor to business owners and senior executives in the Chicago area.  He is dedicated to developing and connecting authentic leaders, increasing the effectiveness of CEOs and enhancing the lives of senior executives in meaningful and significant ways. 

As a Vistage leader and Chair, John facilitates sessions with clients who meet in small peer advisory groups every month to help one another become better leaders, make better decisions and achieve better results.  He also provides one-on-one coaching.

During his 15 years as a Vistage Chair, he has helped over 60 CEOs navigate one recession, and now one pandemic. He has facilitated over 300 CEO Peer Group Meetings and conducted over 3500, one-to-one coaching sessions.

John has been affiliated with Vistage since 2005.

John's Experience

Vistage International

  • Chair, CEO Advisory Boards

  • October 2005 - Present 

Private Directors Association®

  • Co Chairman, Middle Market Committee

Principal, M. Wood Company - 10 years

  • Executive Search & Consulting

Alberto Culver - 4 Years

  • SVP, Corporate Administration

Arthur Andersen - 20 years

  • Partner for 8 years


  • The UC Booth School of Business
    MBA, Finance and Accounting

  • St. John's University, Minnesota
    BS, Economics and Accounting 

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